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Marijuana Legalization The Reasons For Legalizing Marijuana And For Keeping It Illegal

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The reason I chose the subject of marijuana legalization is almost funny. I saw it on an advertisement when I was online. I first want to say that my topic is one that surprises many people. Even though there are just as many, if not more, reasons to legalize marijuana than not to, if you want to look this subject on the internet, then you will find the following: "Marijuana should be legalized"- 533,000 results. "Marijuana should not be legalized"-8,180,000 results. As you can see, the vast majority of these websites are absolutely against it. However, I believe that marijuana should be legalized with an age limit, and I intend to prove it. Some of the big things I'm going to cover in this paper are the cost of keeping marijuana illegal, the violence that leads from keeping marijuana illegal, why history says keeping marijuana illegal won't work, why the Constitution of The United States says that Marijuana should be legal, and how it's a misconception how dangerous marijuana is.My first subject is money. The cost of keeping marijuana illegal is somewhere in between 10 and 14 billion dollars. Even most of the leading economists say that they would prefer an economy "in which marijuana is legal but taxed and regulated like other goods"(Why Should Marijuana be legal?). The U.S government spends almost 18 billion dollars a year on drug control programs, and if you figure that 20 percent of that is for marijuana, you could save almost 2 billion dollars a year on drug control programs. If you taxed a dollar per joint then you could make almost 4 billion dollars a year right there. So if you add all that together it's 12 billion dollars in keeping it illegal, 18 billion on helping people in jail get off of marijuana, and 4 billion dollars off of the possible tax, that's 34 billion dollars that could be used on social security, programs to show kids that drugs are bad anyway, and almost anything else you can imagine. (Why Should Marijuana Be Legal?)To start my next topic, I have a quote from Judy Mann:Marijuana itself does not induce violence. People don't smoke a joint and decide to shoot somebody. What produces the violence associated with marijuana is that it is illegal. The same dynamic caused the Capone-style violence during Prohibition. And once Prohibition was repealed, the violence associated with the bootleg trade vanished, although the gangsters that spawned it did not. Before any sensible discussion can be made about how to deal with illegal drugs in the United States we must make the distinction between violence associated with a drug and the violence associated with the drug trade."(Judy Mann, in the Washington Post, May 23, 2001, p. C15)As you can see, my next topic is violence. The main problem with violence leading from marijuana is the fact that it's illegal. There is more gang violence coming from marijuana than crack or cocaine. This is because it's so easy to grow and produce without anybody knowing. It's also not as damaging as...

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